Published on November 19th, 2014 | by Andy0
Lights, Camera, Action – Day One of Fashion Houston Explodes with Energy, Jewels and Flocks of Male Models
The lights dimmed, the theatrical music cued and out walks a fierce king lounging down the runway in a white faux fur cape with a circular silver bedazzled caged unit to present his queen for the night. But of course the queen cannot make an ordinary entrance. Four well-toned men wearing nothing but black nylon boxer briefs accessorized with gold jeweled encrusted face masks and golden Greek god neck wear carried their queen, who was dressed in a sheer gown with a white billowing cover up accompanied by a wiry black headpiece, down the catwalk Tuesday night as Fashion Houston’s opening night commenced.
Not only did designer Alexis Monsanto set the dramatic tone for the night with his charismatic Game of Thrones inspired collection of a-line one shoulder belted gowns expressed with either a one sided cape or black lace, but the dark and intense music played to the collection’s experience. Some models sported glamorous head gear while others sported bedazzled neck wear and wrist wear. The show was not all melodramatic, Monsanto included white short sets with lime green rouged mid-drifts and sapphire deep v or strapless body flattering gowns.
Of course a fashion show is not complete without surprise musical guest, Houston native and Grammy nominated singer Tamar Davis kept the audience in awe as she performed the song “Rock On” off her upcoming sophomore album.
The fun and beachy looks of Tibi presented by Neiman Marcus softened the intense mood for the night, but definitely kept the crowd engaged while viewing nude high low frocks and matchy two piece mid-drift tops and high waist flare skirts accompanied with Pharrell inspired hats.
Houston kept the dreams of local designers like Jonathan Blake, Sameera Faridi and the designers of the Little Black Dress competition alive as they got a chance to show off their stunning designs to an electrifying audience.
But the energy of the show lasted all night, especially when Grungy Gentleman filled the runway with hot male models, including America’s Next Top Male model Don Benjamin, wearing tailored peacoats and dark denims. The show would have been exciting without any added scenes, but once both rap artists Jadakiss and Styles P modeled and performed during the show the once conservative crowd went wild.
Day one of Fashion Houston was thrilling and high-powered, who knows what day two will bring to Houston. Hopefully it enhances the expectancy of the presenting designers to not count out Houston as a exuberant and fashion forward city.